Police Corporal Arrested for Drunk Driving

On January 1, 2021, Gainesville Police Department Corporal Scott W. Bertzyk was driving in the vicinity of 6200 W. Newberry Road in Gainesville, Florida, when he reached down for his lighter and crashed into a vehicle that had just started to move at a green traffic light. There were no injuries at the scene, however the people in the vehicle struck by Bertzyk subsequently sought medical care.

Gainesville Police Officer Brooke Shutterly responded to the crash and immediately recognized Corporal “Bertie” Bertzyk as involved. According to the report of Officer Shutterly, “While investigating the crash I observed Bertzyk having difficulty maintaining balance. He was also slurring his words and had difficulty physically grasping his driver’s license when I handed it back to him.”

After performing poorly on standardized field sobriety exercises, Bertzyk was arrested and eventually handcuffed at his own insistence. Bertzyk later provided two breath samples, which registered .156% BAC and .153% BAC. Post-Miranda, Bertzyk admitted that he had been drinking Bacardi and Diet Coke.

Bertzyk was charged with driving under the influence with property damage, and eventually pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge. Bertzyk was sentenced to fines totaling $974, 50 hours of community service, various substance abuse and DUI classes, and a six-month driver’s license suspension. Bertzyk was subsequently sued by the driver and passenger of the vehicle he struck, and a settlement was reached in that case.

A subsequent internal investigation by the Gainesville Police Department concluded that Corporal Bertzyk violated City of Gainesville Policy E-3, Rule 44A, “Pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, or being found guilty by a jury or court of a misdemeanor involving physical violence, theft, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or possession or sale of drugs, regardless of whether or not adjudication is withheld and probation is imposed.” Corporal Bertzyk received a written “employee notice,” a five-day (40 hour) suspension without pay, and the execution of a Last Chance Agreement and Release. In the course of the Internal Affairs investigation, Corporal Bertzyk alleged that he was not impaired at the time of the crash, and that he had prepared and consumed a very strong alcoholic drink during the course of the crash investigation. A complete copy of the internal affairs investigation is available for free on the Real World Police Patreon.

Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) is responsible for the training and certification of law enforcement and correctional officers in the State of Florida. In response to Bertzyk’s DUI conviction, on August 31, 2022, the CJSTC imposed a five-day retroactive suspension, and ninety-day prospective suspension of Bertzyk’s law enforcement officer certification, along with a one-year term of probation beginning at the conclusion of the suspension period. Bertzyk was also required to provide CJSTC staff with “proof of successful completion of Commission-approved substance abuse counseling prior to the end of the probationary period.”

Real World Police has inquired of the Gainesville Police Department as to whether Officer Shutterly ever reported to Corporal Bertzyk. This description will be updated when that information is received.



00:00 Highlights
02:22 Bodycam
03:51 Neil can give you a ride
09:56 “You’re giving me some indicators”
11:17 “Are you on?”
17:14 “She’s 100% right in what she’s doing”
22:20 Field Sobriety Tests
25:15 Walk and Turn
29:26 One leg stand
38:54 “I’m not gonna cuff you!”
39:57 “Can I uncuff you now?”
43:00 Apology & hug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdtBfQsUXnE ** (Disclaimer: This video content is intended for educational and informational purposes only) **

Author: phillynews215


34 thoughts on “Police Corporal Arrested for Drunk Driving

  1. Sad it shows the disconnect/disdain cops bring to civilians when the lady officer admitted that she wanted to get rid (she said "they're bothering me" 19:35) of the crash victim, like they don't have the right to be there. She played it up as genuine concern, acting like she was providing good service, when she herself made her intentions known just a min earlier.. despicable

  2. Apparently the cigarette smoke didn’t “tear her up” when the Corporal was smoking…..🤦‍♂️

  3. I find it funny when the 2nd officer shows up they more concerned on why the 2 black guys still sitting there like bitch worry about the drunk ass cop

  4. The corporal had more integrity and better judgment than the arresting officer even when he was drunk….sad

  5. I hope the 3 officers were fired, this is disgusting, hmmm wonder if they would have been so nice if the young black man had ran into him and was drunk

  6. Cop: please step back, I like my personal space and also cigarette smoke tears me up .

    Also cop; allows drunk idiot who’s been smoking cigarettes nonstop give her 2 or 3 long hugs.

  7. I don’t care who you are if you break the law you deserve to be treated just like everyone else. Just because he’s a police officer and not wanting to put handcuffs on him for drinking and driving and hits the back of another car he’s not any different than anyone else. Glad it wasn’t someone he hit she probably would have cried but not for the other person hit.

  8. I can't watch this video after seeing the start. I'm so disappointed in the female officer here. Treating a drunk driving cop like she's guilty for doing her job. Yet the other guy she would never be so nice to him. Just because he's a cop doesn't mean special treatment. If anything, you should be pissed off that a cop is drunk and driving.

  9. These comments are so hateful and divisive. Yes even cops are human too, along with low pay, super high stress, and seeing things no one would choose to see. He’s paying for his mistake here – what else do you people want but to fuel their anger, hate and grudges. Why can’t you just wish him well!

  10. So cops have to uncuff you only if people are watching??? Ok, got it.
    And if it's a fellow officer they need to ask if they want to at least be cuffed with hands in front … cool cool cool cool.

  11. Notice how she doesnt care about the officer's cig smoke but she makes a deal out of the victim's? Almost as if something else is going on….

  12. This looks and sounds like a total conflict of interest fo sho and the officer should have recused herself from the start and let another agency investigate this crime.

  13. How does the police department expect to be respected when they allow things like this to happen and don't even cover the fact that they are giving special treatment to a dangerous drunk because he is also a cop…. just disgusting!!

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  15. My Grandfather was killed by a drunk driver who go off with NO Repercussions (Due to the Sheriffs Department’s mistakes)..At least the original Officer did the correct thing..even though I’m sure it was difficult for her. Reading all the comments try to put yourself in there shoes..they are like a family. Imagine if it was someone you really cared about..so I respect her for that. However the supervisor she called really pissed me off. Anyone know the outcome of this case?

  16. Completely unprofessional behaviour, unbelievable. It doesn't matter that he is a co-worker, just do your job and handle him like every other DUI case.

  17. This would have been far different without the cameras. The other person would have likely been determined to be at fault. At least the followed the law to some extent.

    Hopefully the Internal Affairs departments review the footage of incidents involving officers and take corrective actions.

  18. If the victim driver hadn't stayed there, this would have been covered up. The whole point in the sarge going over to his car, and his ride's car, was to try and hurry them up to get out of there.

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